So, now that I've gotten into firearms, I think it's time to give hunting a try. I eat lots of meat, I shouldn't shield myself from that side of it, I know it doesn't grow in shrink-wrapped Styrofoam! Anyways I have a few rifles, but nothing specifically for hunting. I've never been hunting either, which is why this would be my first hunting rifle, lol! I know the 22LR isn't good for anything big (I reckon I'll want to start on deer), the .223/5.56 is fine for hogs (if we had any in Oregon!) but kind of borderline for deer, and while the 7.62x54R the Mosin shoots would be plenty, I don't think I want to haul that huge thing around in the woods! Could use rifled slugs in my 20ga also, but I think I want something a little more purpose-built for hunting. I'm probably going to get a Ruger American, seems like a very good rifle for a very good price. They have it in many calibers also, but these two seem like they would be good for much more than just deer if I decide to try my hand at elk or whatever. I've fired a .30-'06 before, but never a .308, so I have no personal experience with that round, but an avid hunter I work with has taken lots of game with his .308. So basically, what are the pro's and con's of these two rounds? Thanks in advance!